From The New Canon @Q2: “Dual Nature with Rachel Barton Pine and Mohammed Fairouz”


The New Canon streams Fridays at 1PM on Q2 Music; encore presentations Wednesdays at 10AM and Sundays at 8PM on Q2.

Keeping a foot in both worlds

Rachel Barton Pine and Mohammed Fairouz (Andrew Eccles (Pine), Samantha West (Fairouz)

“This week on The New Canon, we tango with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and composer Mohammed Fairouz to talk about a preponderance of pairs in music from composer and soloist to birth and death, all while wondering: Why does even great solo music demand at least two participants?

Maybe it’s the cold weather, but it’s easy to get philosophical this time of year, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about duality. In the music world we suffer no shortage of potent pairings: Bell and Denk, itsnotyouitsme, David Finckel and Wu Han… But beyond the people we see onstage, there are other doubling-ups. Programming themes love to balance opposing ideals, and even in a solo setting there’s still the combination of composer and performer or performer and audience (does that give us two pair?).

With that in mind, we catch up this week with violinist Rachel Barton Pine, whose solo recital at the Rubin Museum this week touches on the themes of birth and death and features, in addition to music by Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev, a work written specifically for Pine by composer Mohammed Fairouz. We talk to both Rachel and Mohammed about the collaborative effort at work here, and about balance and dichotomy, this week while hearing their music in action.

See the full post here, complete with some interactive features.

The New Canon on Q2 is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

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